Four Vancouver soccer fields identified as potential training venues for 2026 FIFA World Cup

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      If the FIFA World Cup comes to Vancouver in 2026, competitors will be training at fields managed by the park board.

      Canada, the U.S., and Mexico are bidding together to jointly host the world’s biggest sporting event, and Vancouver is interested to be one of the host cities.

      As part of its hosting obligations, Vancouver must provide training venues.

      A staff report included in the agenda Monday (February 19) identified four sites, namely Memorial South, Trillium Fields, Empire Fields, and Jericho Field.

      “For bidding purposes, Vancouver must propose four venue options, with the assumption that two would be chosen to serve as training venues during the tournament,” according to the report.

      FIFA is expected to announce the host nation or nations for the 2026 World Cup in June 2018. Morocco is competing to host the tournament.

      The individual host cities will be named in 2021, according to the park staff report.

      Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have formed a United Bid Committee (UBC).

      According to the staff report, Vancouver was selected by the UBC as one of four Canadian cities to be considered as a host city.

      The three other cities are Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal.

      The staff report noted that based on study commissioned by the joint bid committee, a host city could see a net economic benefit ranging from $90 million to $480 million.